When Lydia Ko won the Gainbridge LPGA title — her 17th LPGA win — many may have assumed it was the veteran's natural competitiveness that led to the victory.
However, when addressing the media, the truth was revealed: A John Rahm quote from Instagram is what inspired her to turn it up a notch throughout the weekend.
Still just 24 years old, Lydia Ko is wise to lean on Rahm's advice. After all, the Spaniard is the reigning U.S. Open champ on the PGA Tour, and is currently ranked No. 1-ranked player in the world.
But Ko told the media that, despite some up-and-down play throughout the Gainbridge LPGA tournament all weekend, she channeled her inner Rahm to persevere and overcome the bumps — all by simply scrolling through social media.
Lydia Ko relayed Rahm's quote to the media: “He said, ‘It's not about how many times you hit the fairway. Golf, at the end you have to try and play [and score] the best you can in the circumstances,’” Ko said. “I think his quote really helped me to realize that you know what? It's golf. Sometimes I'm going to hit great shots; sometimes I'm going to hit not-so-pretty ones. I have to manage my way around and try and shoot the best score I can. Today, I don't feel like I had my A game, but I was able to make up and down when I was out of position and then not get too down when did I make mistakes.”
Although Lydia Ko is currently ranked No. 3 on the LPGA Tour, she knows where she wants to be — on top. However, at times, her own competitiveness can get in the way of that, which is why John Rahm's quote helped her stay even-keeled throughout the Gainbridge LPGA.
Ko added: “I think sometimes I try and become too much of a perfectionist,” Ko said. “And to kind of hear that I was like, Yeah, you're right. I'm just trying to play golf and not control everything out there.”
While Lydia Ko isn't perfect, her golf game remains one of the best in the world. Already tied for 32nd on the all-time wins list — remember, she's still only 24 years old — it will be interesting to see how much further her career ascends over the next decade or so.